Fred Vargas Books In Order

Commissaire Adamsberg Books In Publication Order

  1. The Chalk Circle Man (1991)
  2. Seeking Whom He May Devour (1999)
  3. Have Mercy on Us All (2001)
  4. This Night’s Foul Work (2006)
  5. Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand (2007)
  6. An Uncertain Place (2008)
  7. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (2011)
  8. A Climate of Fear (2015)
  9. This Poison Will Remain (2017)

Three Evangelists Books In Publication Order

  1. The Three Evangelists (1995)
  2. Dog Will Have His Day (1996)
  3. The Accordionist (1997)

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Fred Vargas Books Overview

The Chalk Circle Man

Jean Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn t search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with iron clad alibis; he appears permanently distracted.

The Chalk Circle Man is the first book featuring Jean Baptiste Adamsberg, one of the most engaging characters in contemporary detective fiction.

When strange, blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, the press take up the story with amuseme*nt and psychiatrists trot out their theories. Adamsberg is alone in thinking this is not a game and far from amusing. He insists on being kept informed of new circles and the increasingly bizarre objects which they contain: empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon’s foot, four cigarette lighters, a badge proclaiming I Love Elvis, a hat, a doll s head. Adamsberg senses the cruelty that lies behind these seemingly random occurrences. Soon a circle with decidedly less banal contents is discovered: the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut. Adamsberg knows that other murders will follow.

Seeking Whom He May Devour

A small mountain community in the French Alps is roused to terror when they awaken each morning to find yet another of their sheep with its throat torn out. One of the villagers thinks it might be a werewolf, and when she’s found killed in the same manner, people begin to wonder if she might have been right. Suspicion falls on Massart, a loner living on the edge of town. The murdered woman’s adopted son, one of her shepherds, and her new friend Camille decide to pursue Massart, who has conveniently disappeared. Their ineptness for the task soon becomes painfully obvious, and they summon Commissaire Adamsberg from the city to bring his exceptional powers of intuition to bear on layer upon layer of buried hatred and secrets. France’s queen of crime writing pits the maverick genius of Commissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg against ancient, primal fears in a novel that ‘establishes Vargas as one of the most unusual voices in European crime fiction’ The Sunday Times London .

Have Mercy on Us All

In a small Parisian square, the ancient tradition of the town crier continues into modern times. The self appointed crier, Joss Le Guern, reads out the daily news, snippets of gossip, and lately, ominous messages placed in his handmade wooden message box by an anonymous source that warn of an imminent onset of the bubonic plague. Concerned, Le Guern brings the puzzling notes to the bumbling but brilliant Chief Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg and his straight edged, right hand man, Adrien Danglard. When strange signs that were historically believed to ward off the black death start to appear on the doors of several buildings, Adamsberg takes notice and suspects a connection with Le Guern’s warnings. After a flea bitten corpse with plague like symptoms is found in one of the marked buildings, Fred Vargas’s inimitable genius chief inspector is under pressure to solve the mystery and restore calm to a panicked Paris. But is it a real case of the bubonic scourge, or just a sinister trick designed to frighten as the body count grows and the culprit continues to elude the police?Peopled with charming and eccentric Gallic characters, and packed with gripping historical detail, Have Mercy on Us All is a complex, surprising, and stylish tale from France’s finest mystery writer.

This Night’s Foul Work

A phenomenal bestseller in France, This Night’s Foul Work is another irresistible installment in the internationally acclaimed Commissaire Adamsberg series. On the edge of Paris two small time drug dealers have had their throats cut in a peculiar fashion. Setting out on the trail of the shadowy killer, Commissaire Adamsberg and his detectives travel between Paris and the Normandy countryside. Adamsberg s investigation into these horrible deaths brings him into contact with the attractive Ariane Lagarde a pathologist who caused him professional grief some twenty five years ago. There s also a new lieutenant on the scene, whose ties to Adamsberg s past create tension and hostility in his present. Vargas has given us another multi layered, deliciously paced and thrilling addition to her acclaimed series. This Night s Foul Work is the finest novel yet from the wonderful Fred Vargas. From the Hardcover edition.

Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand

Internationally acclaimed and bestselling crime writer Fred Vargas will be published for the first time in Canada in hardcover by Knopf Canada. In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, has a serial killer followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission?Between 1943 and 2003, nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crime and were sentenced to life. One slightly worrying detail: all the presumed murderers lost consciousness during the night of the crime and cannot remember whether they actually did it or not. Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all the murders are the work of one person: the terrifying Judge Fulgence. Years before, Adamsberg’s own brother had been the principal suspect in a similar case and avoided prison only thanks to Adamsberg s help. History now repeats itself when Adamsberg, who is temporarily based in Quebec for a training mission, is accused of having savagely murdered his young lover. In order to prove his innocence, Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and find Judge Fulgence. The heir to Maigret, Commissaire Adamsberg is back in a new investigation that will keep the reader spellbound until the very last word.

An Uncertain Place

Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three day conference in London. Accompanying him are Estalere, a young sergeant, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling beneath the Channel. It is a welcome change of scenery, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard. Just outside the gates of the baroque Highgate Cemetery a pile of shoes is found. Not so strange in itself, but the shoes contain severed feet. As Scotland Yard’s investigation begins, Adamsberg and his colleagues return home and are confronted with a massacre in a suburban home. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a trail of vampires and vampire hunters that leads them all the way to Serbia, a place where the old certainties no longer apply. In Fred Vargas’ riveting new novel, Commissaire Adamsberg finds himself in the line of fire as never before.

The Three Evangelists

Sophia Simeonidis, a Greek opera singer, wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex cop fired from the police for having helped a murderer to escape, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien The Three Evangelists. They agree both because they need the money and out of sheer curiosity to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries too much until her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex lover, her best friend? Or could it be her lovely niece recently moved to the capital? They all seem to have a motive. Vandoosler and The Three Evangelists set out to find the truth.

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